Giroux and Hayes help Flyers win over Penguins | Hockey
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Kevin Hayes gave Philadelphia a rare lead early on, and the Flyers took an easy 7-2 victory over the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night .
Joel Farabee had one goal and two assists and Shayne Gostisbehere, Wade Allison and Robert Hagg also scored for the Flyers, who had a three-game skid and won only for the sixth time in 16.
“I think it happens to all teams that sometimes you just don’t have the legs, and I think we were just faster and fresher than them,” said Jakub Voracek, who had three assists. decisive.
Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker scored for the Penguins, who are tied for top of the East Division with Washington. Each has 71 points, but the Capitals have four games to go while Pittsburgh has three.
Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup for Pittsburgh after missing 23 games with a lower body injury. The Penguins haven’t missed a beat without the four-time All-Star, winning 16 contests during his absence. Malkin got an assist on the count from Crosby.
Alex Lyon made 35 saves for his first win in his fourth start.
“He really gave us a chance,” said Flyers coach Alain Vigneault.
The Flyers were thought to be a Stanley Cup contender at the start of the season, and that hasn’t changed after the start of the season with a convincing two-game home sweep against the Penguins. But Philadelphia (23-22-7, 53 points) has been in free fall since the end of February, was knocked out of the playoffs last Thursday, and is just trying to stay at around 0.500 with four games to go.